You knew it was going to happen. Roger Mason Jr. would come into the Verizon Center and light the Wizards up I said it two weeks ago in the Wizards locker room and Mike James joked that he wanted to fight me. After tonight he said, “Man, I was hoping to avoid you tonight.”
Mason’s work spoke for itself tonight: 25 points, five 3-pointers, five assists, two steals. The Wizards, meanwhile, took 40 minutes — seriously, 40 minutes — to get five players to score. Had Ernie Grunfeld signed Mason in the summer, the Wizards might not be playoff contenders since Brendan is out, but they’d be a heck of a lot better than they are right now. But, that is the mandate from the old man, remain under the luxury tax. Whether or not Ernie could have made a stronger push for an exception, we’ll never know. But you can bet tonight was rather painful for him to watch.
It took Ed Tapscott about 15 minutes to come out and address the media. After speaking to the team he had Nick Young, Javaris Crittenton, JaVale McGee and Oleksiy Pecherov in his office, “getting in somebody’s butt hole,” according to Antawn Jamison.